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Razor Bumps

african american man razor bumps

Razor Bumps (Pseudofolliculitis barbae) is a condition that largely affects African American men who shave. Growing a beard (Not using a razor) does not and cannot cause Razor bumps.

This condition is due to the fact that many African American men have tightly curled hair. In some cases, this can be hereditary (The father and the son, both have Razor Bumps).

In most cases razor bumps are seen on the face and neck, although sometimes they may occur on the scalp if the hair there is shaved.

In these areas, one sees dense or scattered groups of Papules (“Bumps”) and/or Pustules (“Pimples”) some of which can be excoriated and crusted.

The best treatment is avoidance of shaving, total or partial. In partial avoidance of shaving, the face and neck hair is allowed to grow for up to 4-5 mm above the skin, where it is then shaved with an electric razor or a blade “BUMP FIGHTER”.

Many well-groomed men who wear short beards may, in fact, have Pseudo folliculitis (Razor Burns).

In mild cases, oral Doxycycline can be a good anti-inflammatory drug and so can Nicotinamide in pharmacologic doses: 500 mg 3 times daily.

In severe cases, Laser Hair Removal can be very effective. At Lakeview Dermatology we use the ND YAG Laser.

September is Healthy Aging Month

September is Healthy Aging Month!
Our own senior physician assistant Jang Mi Johnson is going to introduce you to a Healthy Aging Skin Care Regimen.

Always start with a clean face – in the morning and at night. You can use a gentle cleanser like LVD Gentle Foaming Cleanser or LVD Clarifying Scrub.

Serums can be used in combination to address multiple causes of aging. Neo-Cutis BIO-GEL has growth factors. Growth factors help your skin “remember” how to be young whereas antioxidant rich products like skinbetter science Alto can help you combat environmental causes of aging such as free radicals, pollution and UV radiation.

Skin laxity is a common telltale sign of aging especially around the eyes. Peptide rich eye creams and serums like Revision D-E-J Eye help to tighten the thin skin around the eye at the layer where wrinkles began.

Sunscreen should always be worn every day and reapplied often. Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush is a versatile option because it can be worn over makeup or a non-makeup day.

Lastly retinoids help you reproduce collagen which in turn help you diminish fine lines and wrinkles. skinbetter science AlphaRet has a unique combination of retinoids and antioxidants that work relentlessly as you sleep.

Always remember that aging takes time and so does turning back the clock!

Video featuring Jang Mi Johnson, PA-C at Lakeview Dermatology.
Call us at 773-281-9200 when you need skin care advice from a Licensed Healthcare Professional!